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Get The Nook Look: 11 Ways to Design A Comfy Reading Nook

If you haven’t heard, we’re major reading nook fans! Who doesn’t love the idea of a cozy place to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or just a little corner to snuggle up with a throw blanket and a glass of wine at the end of a long week? Now more than ever as we hunker down at home, carving out space for a designated reading nook isn’t just a good idea, it’s totally necessary.

If you don’t think your space makes sense for a reading nook, think again. The best thing about reading nooks is that it’s really up to you how you want to design them. You can simply anchor one corner in your bedroom with a comfy armchair and side table to turn it into a reading space or if you have a window seat, you can pile it with throw pillows and blankets to really make it the perfect spot for snuggling up with a book.

Of course, finding the essential furniture pieces is key to building out a stylish and functional place to read, whether it’s the choosing the perfect chair, a side table at the right height, a few poufs to use as footrests, or having all the cozy finishing touches like a soft rug and plush pillows. But once you’ve nailed down your furnishings, all you need is to do a bit of clever arranging to create your perfect place to read.

To inspire and show you how you can easily fit a reading nook in your living room, bedroom, home office, or even kid’s room, we’ve rounded up some of our best reading corner ideas in a range of interior design styles and spaces. Read on to get our tips and see how you can bring the ideas into your own rooms.

A Boho-Chic Reading Area

There’s no rule saying that reading nooks have to be tucked away. Take a cue from this eclectic boho corner where a high-back chair, pouf, and accent table create a cozy nook-like spot.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Pair a colorful pouf with a small side table for a footrest and a practical place for coffee.
  • A faux fur rug adds softness underfoot and will define the zone for your reading nook.
  • Place a chair, like a wingback or a birdcage style, by the window to capitalize on natural light.

Great For… any unused window corner in a living room, and if you love the eclectic boho look. This is also one of our favorite nook ideas for people living in a small home or working with a small living room since it doesn’t take up a lot of space but still has presence.

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A Classic Reading Nook

If you have a random window nook in your home, turn it into the perfect place for curling up with a good book. All you need are some pillows, baskets, greenery, and a rug to warm up the otherwise unused space.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lean into symmetry by hanging art on the walls and opting for accents in pairs.
  • Add layers of pillows to a deep window ledge to build out a comfy resting spot.
  • Play up a serene scene by keeping to a neutral palette of soft greens and natural hues.

Great For… anyone trying to maximize use out of an awkward alcove or window seat. We can picture this in a traditional elegant family house that has open areas along wide hallways.

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A Cozy Bedroom Spot

When it comes to bedroom essentials, a deep armchair that gives you an instant cozy reading nook ranks high on our list. Take after this bedroom and opt for a clean-lined modern armchair.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A sheepskin is a must for a bedroom reading spot that’s all about chic comfort.
  • Baskets are a necessary storage piece for holding pillows, blankets, and books.
  • Focus on armchairs versus side chairs because you want this to be a curl-up corner.

Great For… those looking for stylish bedroom seating ideas that bring more comfort and function to the corners of the room. It’s also perfect if you love to read your favorite book before getting into bed at night.

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An Industrial-Chic Reading Nook

With bold elements like a large ornate floor mirror, a black faux fur rug, and a towering sculptural bookcase, this industrial-chic nook approach combines comfort with edgy design.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A mid-century leather swivel chair makes for a cozy and design-forward anchor piece (AKA the perfect spot for lounging)
  • Bold details, like a gold mirror, lucite table, and brass floor lamp are key here.
  • A tall and sculptural floor lamp is both a style statement and a practical light for reading your book.

Great For… city-dwellers who love the urban-chic aesthetic or anyone living in a loft-like space. If you live in a city apartment with modern interior architecture, this mix of furnishings is perfect.

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A Modern Rustic Office Nook

For a modern rustic take on a reading spot, this home office corner has it all. The wingback chair, ottoman, drum accent table, and floor lamp lend big comfort while also setting a cool rustic vibe.

Essentials For this Reading Nook:

  • A high-contrast palette mixed with warm wood tones establishes the modern rustic vibe.
  • The statement rustic wood bookcase provides storage as well as major visual texture.
  • The fringed oval rug distinguishes this reading nook from the rest of the room.

Great For… any WFH office in need of a little cozy spot for unwinding and reading. If you have a shared home office, this is the ideal way to give both people a place to take breaks during the day.

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A Contemporary Reading Area

A common challenge is making sure your reading area feels separate but also part of the larger living space. This chic spot nails that balance with its contemporary-cool palette and furnishings.

Essential For this Reading Nook:

  • The gallery wall behind the armchair makes this reading spot feel like it’s own space.
  • A versatile pouf works wonders here as a footrest or extra seat for the larger living space.
  • A floor lamp with small eye-catching details is best here for a chic and practical accent.

Great For… a reading spot that’s clean-lined and seamlessly integrated into your living space. This approach is also perfect for open living and dining space in city apartments.

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An Under-Stair Reading Nook

The space under your stairs is full of design possibilities. Our favorite idea is to repurpose it into a cozy reading spot. All you need is a simple chair and a few practical storage accent pieces.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lay down an area rug to define this area as its own spot from the entry and living room.
  • Tucked away floating shelves add practical storage and keep clutter out of sight.
  • Instead of a floor lamp, hang a pendant light to maximize floor space.

Great For… homes with an awkward staircase alcove or corner that can fit a chair and some small accents. If you also work from home and need extra reading and storage space, this approach is for you.

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An Eclectic-Cool Reading Nook

An easy way to create your own reading space within a larger room is to decorate it as its own room, like this corner. The armchair, table, and layers of accents make it feel like its own space. If you have space, you could even swap in a chaise lounge for a more “home library” vibe.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • The foolproof pairing of an accent table and a pouf add instant comfort and versatile style.
  • Opt for an always-chic tufted armchair that can work with a range of eclectic accents.
  • Layering a sheepskin with an area rug sets off the space and adds a cozy, homey vibe.

Great For… those who want a place in the home to call their own within a larger living space. This can also work in a family room where one side is used for watching TV.

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A Traditional Reading Area

Sophisticated and refined, this corner for two is the definition of a classic reading nook. Perfect for a master bedroom corner, it’s as elegant as it is simple with a pair of elegant armchairs.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Traditional swivel chairs make for a great matching set in any conversation area.
  • Don’t underestimate luxe accents like a faux fur or cowhide pillow that add bold texture.
  • Fewer but more traditional accents, like a bird print, add the most impact in this instance.

Great For… a master bedroom suite with room beyond the bed for lounging. Or this can also work as a second seating area in a spacious living room corner.

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A Nursery Reading Nook

If you’re a new parent, having a comfy and relaxing spot for nursing and napping in the nursery is non-negotiable. The best part is that it also functions as a cozy reading spot by default.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A glider or rocker is a nursery anchor piece, so make sure it’s comfy for parent and child.
  • A pouf can easily be moved, is lightweight, and is non-hazardous for a baby’s room.
  • Keeping to a neutral color palette with earthy flairs adds a serene and calming feel.

Great For…  new parents who want an all-in-one nursery and kids room that’s made to handle all types of activities, from nursing to nap time.

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A Boho Window Nook

With any awkward nook or open space that’s too small to make a full room, turn it into a private reading space. Simply pull in a chair, add a rug and pouf, and layer in some lighting.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • An area rug will help define the area as well as add color and soften up the wood floors.
  • An outdoor chair, like this rattan one, is an airy yet comfy alternative to armchairs.
  • Candles and a hanging pendant make for different sources of lighting that add ambiance.

Great For… a seating area that’s off to the side in the house or an empty space that can be transformed into a private hideaway within the home.

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5 Ways to Put the Awkward Nook Under the Stairs to Use

Awkward nook ideasMost homes have one. And most of us don’t know what to do about them. It’s those awkward spaces that feel too small to decorate or be useful, but feel like a waste of space if they’re not utilized. So, what can you do with a corner of the room that has weird features or an awkward nook other than ignore it?

Well, we’re big believers in embracing what you’ve got and getting creative. So today, our designers are helping us address one of the repeat offenders in the awkward spaces category: the awkward nook under the stairs. We’ll show you five clever ways to put this space to work and make it functional!

1. Entryway Storage

If your awkward space under the stairs is near your front door, try turning the nook into entryway storage. Designating this nook for shoes, coats, umbrellas, and bags will not only give function to this little corner – it will give all that entryway clutter a designated home. Now that’s a win-win!

Other than coat hooks, we love the idea of adding shelving for more functionality and utilizing baskets for an easy, beautiful catchall for extra clutter and kids stuff. You could even tuck your pet’s food and water dishes under the lowest slope of the stairs for maximum utilization of the space!

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awkward nook2. Kids Corner

When you think of a nook under the stairs, you might immediately think of Harry Potter. But we’re making a space that’s way cheerier than Harry’s cupboard under the stairs! You can easily turn your nook under the stairs into a cozy play corner for your little ones. Just add a cushy bean bag chair, a few baskets and bins to store their toys, and perhaps an easel for drawing or painting or a small table for crafts. With that, this little nook may become their favorite corner of the house! (Just make sure to block off the lower space to ensure no one bonks their head!)

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awkward nook office3. Office Nook

Want a home office but don’t have an extra room to designate for it? We’ve got your fix. Just tuck a desk and chair into this alcove, and voila! You officially have a home office. Add a favorite piece of art for inspiration and make sure you find a good desk lamp. If you have a little extra space, you can even add file storage like we did here for added functionality.

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4. Extra Storage

One of our most-requested room features is extra storage. If that’s you, why not turn this awkward nook into just that—a space for extra storage! If it’s a smaller space, try tucking a trio of baskets in the corner. You could also go for a storage bench, or even a full-fledged credenza if you have the room!

We added a petite dresser to ours to give this nook a little splash of style, as well as three drawers full of storage space. We also had room to sneak in an extra stool alongside it, which can easily be pulled into the living space when you have guests over need another seat on the fly!

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5. Reading Nook

Does any design idea sound as cozy and exciting as a reading nook? If this is the living room feature of your dreams, consider turning the awkward space under your stairs into just that!

The key ingredients to a reading nook? Well, it begins with a comfy chair. Add a footstool or pouf, a side table for coffee or tea, and top it off with a bookcase full of your favorite reads.

Does your pooch like to stay nearby when you curl up with a book? Tuck their bed in the corner and get ready for a cozy night in!

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kid's room layout ideas

Layout Guide: Two Sleepover-Ready Kid’s Room Ideas

kid's room layoutsIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re working with a small kid’s room with an awkward nook.

The Space: A 15×12 kid’s room with limited floor space and a quirky layout.

Style: Fun and playful

The Challenge: Maximizing the small space to create a fun kid’s room that can handle sleepovers and makes the best use of an awkward nook.

kid's room layout ideasIdea #1: Full Bed Styled for an Animal Enthusiast

Our first kid’s room layout incorporates a full bed to make use of open floor space. While it might seem like too much space for a younger tot, if your kiddo is right on the cusp, a full bed can be a great investment that your little one can continue to use as they get older.

This design features bright walls and vibrant splashes of color throughout the room to make the space more youthful and playful. Not to mention, this layout idea offers plenty of extra storage by way of the dresser and bookcase so you don’t have to worry about a cluttered room. So whether your kids are sleeping, studying, or just kicking back and reading, this setup has room for it all.

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Why this Kid’s Room Layout Works

The full bed makes great use of open floor space without disrupting the flow of the room. A full bed is a great size for your small sleeper to grow into over the years and plenty of room on the floor for when he or she has sleepovers. This setup also leaves space for a nightstand on one side of the bed and a desk below the window – the perfect study spot for a young scholar!

With a few special touches, the corner nook becomes a fun, cushy space to tuck away for lounging and reading. And the tall bookcase provides more clever storage space for books, toys and other items when they’re not in use.

awkward nook ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need plenty of room for sleepovers.
  • Want a bed that your child can use over the years.
  • Hate clutter – there’s tons of extra storage.
  • Love having a distinct space for different activities such as reading, studying, sleeping, etc.

kid's room layout ideasIdea #2 – A Twin Bed with Room to Stargaze

Design idea #2 is all about making a warm and cozy room with lots of sleeping options for when friends stay over. The rich colors and layered rugs create a fun and welcoming enclave for a child. Kids will have plenty of space to play, stargaze and let their imaginations roam free in this open layout.

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Why this Kid’s Room Layout Works

This setup is great for maximizing floor space in the room. Having the twin bed tucked into corner leaves lots of room to play and lots of open space for sleeping bags. The trundle bed is a convenient and comfortable spot for sleepovers, too.

Turn the awkward nook into a cozy corner with a hanging chair and a bar cart for mobile storage. The round jute rug is also a great solve for the nook – it helps define and fill space. Plus, the layered rugs adds cozy warmth. The dark wall color doesn’t feel dark and gloomy because it is offset by the bright furniture, keeping the overall feel super warm and cozy.

awkward nook ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a clutter-free, neat and tidy look.
  • Love dark and moody colors that feel super warm and inviting.
  • Want your child to have a cozy place to read, lounge and stargaze.
  • Love the warmth that textures and layers provide.
  • Need plenty of open space for play and sleepovers.

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